Following on from an extremely impressive first evening of the Impressionist and Modern Art Sales last night (28th February 2017) at Christie’s (to read my article about this sale – click here) now all eyes are on an extremely important work by world renowned Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt.
The work in question is an elegant and picturesque garden scene entitled ‘Bauerngarten’ which, according to Sotheby’s is one of the most important works by Klimt to come to public auction. Most of Klimt’s works are in museum collections and have remained in museum collections.
This work was painted during Klimt’s best artistic periods (the same time as his masterpiece Portrait of Adele Bloch-BauerI), its quality is extraordinary and therefore there is little surprise that this work has a pre-sale estimate price tag of $45 million.
In an article on the sale of this piece, Artnet sighted Sotheby’s Helena Newman’s praise of the work, where she attests the work is… “innovative in its composition and jewel-like in its exquisite blaze of colors, it is one of the artist’s greatest masterpieces ever to come to auction. Most of the artist’s oil paintings of this calibre are in major museums around the world with only a handful works of this importance having appeared at auction in the last decade.”
The work displays a rich tapestry of flowers, draped across the centre field of the painting like a stunning cloak that could be worn. The work is incredibly delicately painted and, despite not including any of Klimt’s iconic figures, remains totally captivating. Bright colours painted in a combination of short dashes and more solid looking circles seem to almost dance across the surface of this energetic canvas.
Certainly, all eyes will be fixed on the sale of this masterpiece when it eventually goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s evening auction on 1st March 2017.
Sotheby’s auction tonight promises to be exciting as a smaller selection of high quality works are likely to draw in the bidders.
What we are seeing is a consistent demand for very good quality artworks by the world’s most recognised artists and the auction houses are meeting this demand.
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